The question has been asked before, but it is worth re-stating… Did Connecticut’s Director for School Turnaround illegally teach in the State of Connecticut?
Governor Malloy and his Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor, have repeatedly claimed that Connecticut must improve the quality of its teachers.
As part of that effort, Malloy and Pryor have proposed tougher standards for enrolling in teacher preparation programs at Connecticut’s colleges and universities.
Apparently they believe that tougher certification requirements will lead to having “better teachers.”
Their argument is particularly ironic considering how hard they have worked to keep Paul Vallas, Bridgeport’s non-certified, faux superintendent of schools in his post.
Equally astonishing is their decision to put a non-certified individual in charge of Connecticut’s school turnaround program.
Morgan Barth, who was recently appointed to serve as the Director of Malloy’s Turnaround Program, reports that in 2004 he became a founding teacher at Achievement First’s Elm City Preparatory Academy in New Haven and then went on to serve as a principal there and then a principal at Achievement First Bridgeport’s Middle School.
However, Morgan Barth does not hold state certification to serve as a teacher or an administrator in the State of Connecticut.
As Wait, What? readers know Connecticut law was changed on July 1, 2010 to allow Connecticut’s charter schools to have up to 30 percent of their employees uncertified.
But prior to that date, Connecticut law (Section 10-145) required that all teachers and administrators, even those working in charter schools, be properly certified.
So, according to the information provided by Commissioner Stefan Pryor, Morgan Barth was legally obligated to hold a teacher or administrator certification between 2004 and 2010.
It is a simple question that has yet to be answered….
Mr. Barth did you or did you not illegally serve as a teacher and school administrator during those six years?